Prosper Agbenyega

Information gathered by The Ghanaian Trust has it that, there is a very high probability of some of the fallen Sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) in the NDC Parliamentary primaries, contesting their seats as independent candidates after they have ended their terms in incumbency, come January 2013.

The decision of some of the defeated MPs, according to sources, had been gingered by calls from their constituents as well as supporters to contest the 2012 parliamentary elections at all cost.

The Ghanaian Trust has laid hands on information that some of the defeated parliamentarians including Michael Teye Nyaunu from Lower Manya Krobo, Captain George Mfojo of Ho Central, George Kuntu Blankson of Mfantsiman East, Larsey Agbenyefia of the Keta Constituency, Charles Hodogbey of North Tongu, Deputy Education Minister, Elizabeth Amoah Tetteh of Twifo – Atti-Morkwa in the Central Region, Steven Amano Kwao of Upper Manya, Timothy Awintirim of Sandema , Raymond Tawiah of Yiloh Krobo, Imoro Yakubu of Kumbungu, Raphael Kofi Haliga of Afram Plains South, Simon Akonye of Pusiga and Alhassan Halutie Dubie of the Tumu constituency, are considering contesting their respective seats as an independent candidates.

Checks conducted in the Akan Constituency, this paper has gathered that people in the constituency are ready to put their weights behind their incumbent MP, Joseph Kwadwo Ofori to contest the parliamentary seat in the coming elections.

According to residents, the incumbent MP is the right person to wrestle power with the NPP candidate and hence they are prepared to support him as an independent candidate for the constituency.

However, in a telephone interview with the Incumbent Akan MP, he indicated that although, he has received calls to that effect, he has no response to the call, saying, “It is too early for me to say anything. I think it is pre-mature to make my intentions known as to whether I will be contesting as an independent candidate or not.”

According to him, he continues to be a Member of Parliament for his constituency until the elections and a strong member of the NDC, but stressed that the NDC must be very careful so as not to lose the Akan Constituency seat to the opposition NPP.

Mr. Ofori recalled that situations on the ground are sending strong signals that what happened in 2000 elections in the constituency could be repeated.

In the same vein, the MP for Lower Manya, Hon Michael Teye Nyaunu is one of a tall list of 17 MPs defeated at the just-ended parliamentary primaries, losing to the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Ebenezer Teye Larbi.

The elections therefore was rippled with accusations and counter-accusations with the defeated MP pointing accusing fingers at the Mills’ administration for masterminding his fall, but many people believe the that the MP brought the defeat on himself.

However, information getting to this paper has it that the national Democratic Congress will not be in any position to accommodate anybody who has the intention to contest parliamentary seat as an independent candidate.

According to the information, anyone who takes such a decision ceases to be a member of the NDC.

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